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Archives: June 2012

ChoreMonster Is an App For Managing The Housework

Want to assign chores to your kids and make it fun? ChoreMonster has a new iOS app to help do that.

The app, which requires a Choremonster.com membership, allows parents to dole out the work in exchange for points and prizes. Do the dishes, earn an ice cream cone. Or kids can bank points for even bigger and better prizes.

Check it out: “Choremonster allows parents and kids to actually enjoy doing their chores! Kids gain points which they can turn in for real life rewards like an hour of Xbox, a television show or even a canoe trip. Kids also collect monsters for completing chores, interacting and learning from them along the way.”

The app is designed to work on both new and old iPhones, since parents are often handing down their old phones to their kids. (Via The New York Times.)

Blip Launches Blip Studios, Signs Web Video Stars to Create Original Shows

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Blip has announced the launch of its new production banner, Blip Studios. Once a distribution and advertising platform for original Web series, the company will now work directly with brands, talent, and independent producers to create new content of its own — and has already signed a few stars. Steve Woolf, Blip’s former vice president of content, will now serve as senior vice president of content and president of Blip Studios.

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Mercedes-Benz Opens App Store

First Amazon had to get in on the action and open an app store. Then Facebook. Now Mercedez-Benz?

In a move to let drivers download content directly to their car, Mercedes-Benz has launched its own app store. CNET has more: “The new online app store will let customers browse for new applications to add to their vehicle’s Comand infotainment system. Google Search, Weather, Facebook are standard apps on this system, and Yahoo should be added later this year. Using their phone’s Internet connection, they can connect to the MB App Shop to download new apps to their car.” Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: RIM’s Sinking Ship | Chrome on iOS | Tumblr Pinned Posts

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Exclusive: Microsoft Tie-Up, Network Sale Among RIM Options: Sources (Reuters)
Research In Motion Ltd’s board is under mounting pressure to consider unpalatable options such as selling its network business or forming an alliance with Microsoft Corp after the Blackberry maker again delayed the release of its next-generation smartphones, said three sources familiar with the situation. RIM said the launch of BlackBerry 10 mobile devices has been postponed to early 2013 — more than a year later than initially promised — because the development of its new operating system had “proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated.” CNN Money The company reported a first-quarter loss of $518 million, or 99 cents a share. Overall sales came in at $2.8 billion, down 43 percent from $4.9 billion in the same quarter a year ago and considerably lower than analysts’ expected first-quarter revenue of $3.1 billion. Gizmodo The worse news: It’s now letting 5,000 employees go, on top of the 2,000 cuts that had been previously announced. Wall Street Journal According to interviews with more than a dozen former RIM executives and industry executives who worked closely with the company, it was a blinding confidence in the basic BlackBerry product that was at the root of RIM’s current troubles. Read more

TripAdvisor Takes on Yelp with Local Picks Facebook App

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Normally, TripAdvisor reviews come from tourists who aren’t familiar with the areas they’re visiting. It’s valuable information in its own right, but for travelers who want to go beyond the touristy parts of town, the best advice often comes from the people who live there. Launched this week, TripAdvisor’s new Facebook app helps people find restaurants in their own neighborhoods.

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Google Docs Goes Offline While Chromes Comes to iOS

Google I/O kicked off yesterday with the launch of the Nexus 7 tablet, but Google’s not done showing off new tricks.

This morning brought news that Google Chrome, now the world’s most popular web browser, will shortly be available on the iPad and iPhone. It’s also going to be bringing Google Drive with it.

The app was just listed in iTunes a couple minutes ago. It requires iOS 4.3 and above.

Google Docs is also going places today: offline. The Google word-processing service has long been a serious competitor to MS Office and Open Office. At least, it would be a serious competitor if not for the fact that it won’t work without a live web connection. If you’ve ever had connectivity issues (I have) then you can appreciate the news today.

Note, though, that it’s just the word processing service that’s offline. Google said that the rest of its office suite (lik eGoogle Presentations and Spreadsheets) should soon go offline as well.

Amazon to Add Social Gaming Features to the Kindle Fire

The next time you talk to yourself while playing a game on the Kindle Fire there might be someone to listen to you.

Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon is planning to add some type of social network features to the Kindle Fire. The report is more than a little vague, but Bloomberg is claiming that inside sources have indicated that Amazon will “make it easier for developers to add social features to games for the Kindle Fire tablet, a person with knowledge of the matter said”. Read more

Google: In-App Purchases Drive More Revenue Than Paid Apps

Want to make money selling content in Google Play? Release a free app. According to Google Play’s engineering director Brad Yerga, developers earned more revenue from in-app purchases than from the sales of actual apps this year.

ReadWriteWeb has more: “Simply adding in-app purchases to the API has allowed developers to develop creative ways of monetizing their games, Yerga said, allowing so-called ‘freemium’ and ‘paymium’ models to succeed. For example, developer TinyCo., developer of ‘Tiny Village,’ said that Android delivered the most revenue per user of any app store, as users downloaded the free app, then purchased virtual items.”

Google Play, which has more than 600,000 apps, recently crossed the 20 billion download  mark. And yesterday, the online giant began pre-selling a new tablet device called the Nexus 7, which is to Google what the Kindle Fire is to Amazon, a device for users to buy and consume digital media content.

6 Social Media Personas [Infographic]

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With Facebook looking at nearly a billion users and even Google+ recently announcing they have 150 million monthly active users, social networks are prime grounds for behavioral analysis. A recent infographic attempts to sort social media users into 6 personas, and look at their various demographics and behavior. The results are interesting, and you probably know a few people that fit into each category.

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